Celebration of our Living Culture - ACCU Asia/
Pacific ESD Photo Caravan comes to India
CEE is one of the international hosts of the ACCU Asia Pacific
ESD Photo Message Exhibition titled “Letters to Tomorrow:
Celebration of Our Living Culture”. As a part of this, CEE
held the photo-exhibition in three cities - Ahmedabad,
Jaipur and Pune.
CEE Central Photobank
|About 800 students visited the ACCU exhibition in Pune. Informal interaction with
the students revealed that they not only enjoyed the exhibition but learnt a great
deal about the similarities in cultural practices of ‘our neighbouring countries’.
In collaboration with partner agencies CEE organised a
series of events to reinforce the importance of “living
culture” in shaping our path to sustainable development.
The exhibition focused to develop an understanding and
respect for different cultures and traditions. It also provided
an opportunity for critical reflection and dialogue with
practitioners and interaction with community on culture,
society and sustainability issues of not only conserving
culture as a Heritage form but also about how relevant it
is for us to perceive culture (role of human value system)
as one of the significant element and mode of achieving
goals of Sustainable Development.
The Photo Caravan is a collection of over 80 prize winning
photographs from a photo contest organised by the UNESCO
Asia Pacific Cultural Centre last year as part of the UN
Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.
The photo caravan was exhibited simultaneously in three
countries of Asia Pacific i.e. Mongolia, Japan and India.
Day long events including interactive cultural exchange
sessions with groups visiting the exhibition at all three
venues in India.
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20th Anniversary of Basel Convention
17 November, Basel, Switzerland
The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary
Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal
celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its adoption on
17th November 2009. The treaty, which regulates the
transboundary movements and management of hazardous
and other wastes, was adopted in Basel, Switzerland, on
22 March 1989 and came into effect in 1992.
172 countries are signatory to the convention. Achievements
of the convention in the past 20 years:
- By applying the “Prior Informed Consent” procedure the
Basel Convention put in place a regulatory framework
to control the transboundary movements of hazardous
and other wastes. Only shipments between consenting
Parties are legal and all shipments made without such
consent are illegal.
- The Convention requires its Parties to ensure that
hazardous and other wastes are managed and disposed
of in an environmentally sound manner, including
within their boundaries.
- In the past twenty years the Convention has seen the
emergence of 14 Regional and Coordinating Centres
for Training and Technology Transfer, in various parts
of the world. The Centres support developing countries
and countries with economies in transition in the
implementation of the Convention.
- Over the years, the Basel Convention adapted to newly
emerging problematic waste streams. In the area of
e-waste, it has put in place successful partnerships
with the private sector and NGOs.
- In 2008, the Convention launched the Partnership for
Action on Computing Equipment, a multi-stakeholder
partnership that provides a forum for to tackle the
environmentally sound management, refurbishment,
recycling and disposal of used and end-of-life
- The convention recognises the fact that many countries
still lack the capacity to implement the Convention.
As a result, illegal traffic in hazardous waste is still a
- The Convention adopted Bali Declaration on Waste
Management for Human Health and Livelihood. The
Declaration specifically recognizes the implementation
of the Basel Convention as an essential component of
attaining the MDGs.
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